Is Dustin Pedroia declining?

Dustin PedroiaThe Boston Red Sox have one of the worst offenses in the American League. The team ranks last in the league in runs scored and home runs and ranks 24th in the majors in batting average (.243). Dustin Pedroia is one of the Red Sox best players and usually the team’s catalyst, but he is having a sub-par 2014 season.

Pedroia is hitting .282 with four home runs and 32 RBIs. While his numbers are respectable, they aren’t the same typical numbers we are used to seeing from the four-time All-Star.

Pedroia’s on-base has dropped 22 points, and on-base percentage is down to .351 this year. The most alarming statistic for Red Sox fans is Pedroia’s slugging percentage has dropped each of the last four seasons.

In 2010, Pedroia had a slugging percentage of .493. This season, Pedroia’s slugging has dipped all the way to .389, while the average major league hitter is slugging .392. Pedroia at age 30 is already losing power and it has gone from above average to below average very quickly.

When Pedroia was averaging double-digit home runs a season, he could hit the ball to many different sides of the baseball field. Those same pitches he use to crush for home runs are now going for either doubles or he’s completely missing them all together.

Maybe Pedroia has another injury hasn’t told the team about. Maybe Pedroia swing is off and needs some tuning. Whatever the case may be, the eight-year veteran just isn’t hitting the ball with the same pop fans have been accustomed to seeing.

The Red Sox gave Pedroia an eight-year, $110 million contract extension last July, so the team clearly feels like he has a lot left in the tank. With his Gold Glove ability, Pedroia doesn’t have hit 25-30 home runs a season. The Red Sox just need him to put up better offensive numbers than he has so far this season.

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